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Jakarta Post

Haj agency asks KPK to help develop anticorruption system

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 11, 2018   /   05:01 pm
Haj agency asks KPK to help develop anticorruption system Devout: Haj pilgrims from Banjarnegara, Central Java, bow from a kneeling position shortly after arriving at Adi Soemarmo International Airport in Surakarta on Sept. 7, 2017. (Antara/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho)

The Haj Fund Management Agency (BPKH) has asked the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to help it develop an anticorruption system as the Religious Affairs Ministry is set to transfer assets to the agency in May 2018.

“We expect the KPK to provide support in terms of asset management so that we can become a disciplined and law-abiding agency when we receive the assets [from the ministry],” BPKH supervisory body head Yuslam Fauzi said on Wednesday.

He said with the imminent transfer of assets, the BPKH was prepared to adopt the KPK’s anticorruption system to ensure a high standard of governance.

KPK deputy chairman for prevention Pahala Nainggolan said the antigraft body would assist the BPKH in developing a corruption prevention system that would include fund reporting and whistleblower systems.

“We, the KPK, are ready to help the BPKH adopt our system, which includes procedures on recruitment, the allocation of travel funds and building good governance. The BPKH can replicate our standard operating procedures,” he said on Wednesday.

Pahala said the KPK would assist the BPKH once the Religious Affairs Ministry begins transferring haj funds and assets to the agency.

The BPKH has been assigned to manage approximately Rp 100 trillion (US$6.99 billion) in haj funds that is currently managed by the Religious Affairs Ministry.

The BPKH was established based on Law No. 34/2014 on the management of haj funds. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated members of the agency’s management and supervisory bodies on July 26, 2017. (ami/ebf)